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Old 01-19-2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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2006 vs. 2007+ Wrangler

Hey everyone!

I am considering trading up from an '03 to an '06 Rubicon. Also, I am considering one of the new '07 plus versions of the Wrangler, but am a bit concerned with the new V-6 versus the straight 6, 4.0 liter model. Also, I am not a big fan of the 4 dr version, preferring the 2 door model.

Anyone have any thoughts or good/bad experiences with the newer Wrangler over the 'old' model? I would love to hear from you.

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Old 01-19-2009, 09:38 PM   #2
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well it doesnt look like you have done to much to you jeep (that is if thats your jeep in your avitar)
trade it for a 07 or newer wrangler.
I wouldnt trade it in for a 06 its the same wrangler as you 03
the 07 is nice there are a few draw backs but its still nice.

for me to down grade and trade my jeep in for a newer jeep it would have to be a 4door rubicon. then its a matter of building it up to be able to do the trails I do now.
and then there is the fact of taking a $35,000 rig up some of those trails

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Old 01-19-2009, 10:57 PM   #3
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Depends on what you want out of it and if you are comparing model for model. If you are comparing an '06 Rubicon to an '07 X then go for the Rubicon if it fits your needs. If you are comparing Rubicon to Rubicon then it comes down to personal preference, what your intended purpose is, if you want to build it or leave it mostly stock and how much $ you have to spend.

Another thing to consider is building what you have, if you have anything currently. Not sure if the one in your avatar is yours or not. If so, give us the info on it and we might be able to give you some better options than spending a bunch of money you don't need to.

As the gentleman above me mentioned, some people are hesitant to take a $35,000 vehicle up a lot of trails. My wife made the comment when I bought my '06 Unlimited last month that I said I would never own another black vehicle as they were too hard to keep clean. I explained to her that rule doesn't apply to Jeeps because A) it is probably not going to stay that clean and B) I am probably going to end up knocking most of the pain off it anyway.

For me it doesn't matter what I spend on a vehicle, I am going to use it for it's intended purpose, that is why I bought it. Of course that is also why the wife doesn't fear getting in the Jeep with me like she did when I was driving sports cars or into the drifting scene. On the flip side of that, she has never been on anything other than a light trail when I went wheeling when I had my '01 so she may change her mind on that as well.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:24 PM   #4
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I would say go with the JK rubicon, why not! You had a TJ rubicon and if your going to upgrade might as well actually upgrade to the newer model, sure its a V6 but I don't think its a major difference in power, the JK's are growing on me and in my opinion if you bulid it up like with a lift kit and bigger tires they look a whole lot cooler than the TJ's plus they are nicer and you have alot of aftermarket mods that some TJ's don't and I like the hardtop on the JK's. Either way you can't go wrong getting a Rubicon, but you know go big or go home, so I would say do the JK. You could also swing on over to the JK guys on the forum and see what they got to say about em
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:26 PM   #5
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:46 AM   #6
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jk rubicon is far superior to the tj rubicon.....yeah theyve got some issues to resolve but you could be rolling 35s with factory suspension(minor mods) and you would actually have 44s....well they are unique to the jk rubicon but they are much stronger than the tj style...upgrade driveshafts as soon as you get it if you are gonna wheel it
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:11 AM   #7
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Wow, I completely blew that post. I didn't realize you were trading up FROM another Rubicon. That will teach me to post after 4 hours sleep and a 14 hour day.

I say if you really like the style you have and want to go with the '06 then go for it if there is a reason you want to get rid of yours. However if you like the new style better and can swing it, go with the JK. Drive the new one and see what you think, a lot of people I know have and decided to stick with the TJ over the JK. But I also know people who have gone the other way, it is all personal prference.

One question I have is why you thinking of getting rid of the '03?
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:30 PM   #8
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i like the older style (TJ) and the 4.0 is knowned to be good the JK has a 3.8 out of a mini van its a good motor also my vote is TJ style but its your call there both jeep so its all gooood
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Having spent two days alone with a friend's 2007 working on it in my garage and driving it a few times, I'd rather have a 2006 or older. The 2007 is a nice vehicle but it's definitely more car-like and much harder to work on/modify than any of the TJs. For example, installing its rocker guards were a frigging nightmare due to its two layer skin (body) construction. I installed my TJ's rocker guards in a couple hours, the two layer skin on the '07 created enough installation problems that it took a day and a half to finish and even then it didn't come out perfectly.

Plus it was very car-like while driving and I didn't like its reduced low-end torque when compared to the venerable 4.0L engine. I do like the new 2007 Jeep Wranglers but only for other people... I wouldn't want one myself after having had one in my garage over a weekend.
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if you are not going to modify it....out of the box the jk will be better......if you plan to modify it then save the money and modify a tj...buy a sport or x and use the money u saved to buy good axles......the few pluses on a rubicon tj do not justify the added cost.
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jk rubicon is far superior to the tj rubicon.....yeah theyve got some issues to resolve but you could be rolling 35s with factory suspension(minor mods) and you would actually have 44s....well they are unique to the jk rubicon but they are much stronger than the tj style...upgrade driveshafts as soon as you get it if you are gonna wheel it
With a cheap spring spacer you got yourself 35's on a JK.

That being said, if you already have an 03 Rubi and its got no major problems, you could always keep that one and trail modify it and then buy yourself a new JK rubi for your daily driver
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Actually, I don't own an 03 Rubicon. They didn't come out until 04-05. I have a Sahara with HT and soft top. I was thinking about upgrading to the Rubicon due to the Dana 44, as well as some of the other stock mods that they incorporated in the Rubicon model.

I have heard some really tough comments from other boards about the problems that Chrysler has been having with some of JK's. While I can't speak from experience, I do know that there are much fewer problems with the TJ and the 4 liter engine.

By the way, that is my Wrangler in the avitar to the left. We are on the beach just south of Jacksonville, FL. I intend to take it up to my house in the mountains of Western North Carolina where I can do some real offroading. I moved to FL from Northern VA where there were more off road options.
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Actually, I don't own an 03 Rubicon. They didn't come out until 04-05.
Rubicons were introduced in 2002 as a 2003 model.
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I'd keep the Sahara & mod it to your liking.

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